Sharing your story: the how and why of communicating about your research

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As a researcher, it’s essential you learn how to talk and write about your research in a variety of ways and for different audiences.

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Even the most brilliant research is wasted if no one knows it has been done or if your target audience isn’t able to understand it. In this workshop we’ll consider a number of aspects of research communication.

What is the purpose and goal of your communication? How can you hook your audience’s attention and make your research relevant, engaging and accessible to different audiences? What different communication channels and platforms are open to you? What are the benefits to you of communicating effectively about your research?

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Researchers from any career stage who are interested in communicating their work more broadly.

This session may be particularly useful to graduate researchers considering participation in the 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) or Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) competitions.


Award-winning research communication scholar Dr Jen Martin spent many years studying the social and mating behaviour of possums among other ecological questions. But her real passion is the world of science communication: Jen founded, designed and leads the University of Melbourne's Science Communication Teaching Program. She is a Teaching Specialist deeply committed to ensuring science students learn the communication skills they need in order to share their science with a variety of audiences and have successful careers. Jen talks about science on 3RRR radio shows Breakfasters (7:45am Wednesdays) and Einstein-a-go-go (11am Sundays), tweets from @scidocmartin, blogs at, is a member of the Science Gallery Melbourne Leonardos and also writes for CSIRO's Double Helix Magazine.

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